Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

St Mary the Virgin, Axminster, Devon

As the name Axminster suggests, the town was a Minster, having both an Abbey plus several Monastery buildings. Having Christian origins since Saxon times, there has been a church here since 708, and some of the original remains can still be seen in various places around the town.

The oldest part of the church is the thirteenth century tower. The original bells were mediaeval, but these have gradually been recast and added to, and there are now ten bells. The latest two of these were cast this century to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the beginning of the carpet industry in the town, for which Axminster is world-famous. Interestingly, during the 18th century, each newly made, hand-woven carpet would be paraded around the town, and the church bells rung to celebrate it's completion.

Further history will be added after another visit when interior photos will be taken. 


More photos can be seen in the Photo Gallery.  Interior photos will be added to the Gallery once they're available, along with extra information about them on this page.

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